In the healthcare environment, high-touch treatment surfaces are frequently damaged by daily wear and tear. When a surface is damaged, the damage site may become a reservoir for bodily fluids and pathogens, increasing the risk of healthcare-associated infections. It is therefore important to address damage quickly to protect the safety of patients and staff. One way to address damage is through repair with CleanPatch.
CleanPatch is a great tool for any healthcare facility when used properly.
When you notice a tear, puncture, or abrasion on a treatment surface such as a mattress cover, CleanPatch may be able to help! To determine whether a damaged surface is a good candidate for CleanPatch, there are a few key points to keep in mind.
- Size – if the damage requires more than one patch: it cannot be repaired.
- Condition – if fluid has permeated the foam core: it cannot be repaired.
- Location – if a patch must be folded onto itself to cover, for example, a corner: it cannot be repaired.
- Condition – If the equipment is no longer in working condition or has exceeded its use-by date: it cannot be repaired.
If the requirements for repair are met, it is imperative that the area around the damaged site is thoroughly cleaned with a medical grade cleaning agent and allowed to dry. CleanPatch may not adhere to the surface if this step is omitted. Once CleanPatch is applied, apply firm pressure to the outer edges of the patch before . For more application details, refer to the CleanPatch instructions.
Routine inspection of treatment surfaces for further signs of damage remains very important even after the surface has been repaired. Any new damage should be carefully inspected to determine if it is a candidate for repair.
When used correctly, CleanPatch is a great tool for keeping your treatment surfaces safe. When in doubt, refer to your facility’s IP&C guidelines on surface repair before performing a repair with CleanPatch.
Surface Medical Inc. has a comprehensive training program for anyone interested in learning more about soft surface repair. Our team is more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have!